One of the town's most striking landmarks is the twelfth century Paisley Abbey, which offers an interesting combination of architectural styles reflecting its constant reconstructions over the centuries since its creation. Parts of the nave and main doorway were built in Norman style, yet the bulk of the building is more Gothic in nature, with many fine ornate details such as decorative columns and stained glass windows.
Another of the town's impressive religious buildings is the Thomas Coats Memorial Church which was built in the late nineteenth century in Gothic style, boasting beautiful mosaic floors and fine wood carvings and whose sixty metre spire dominates Paisley's skyline.
The power and influence of the town's major industry when it was hub for textile manufacture can be seen in the shape of buildings constructed by various mill owners at the time. Two of Paisley's most imposing sights were both commissioned by thread mill companies, Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Museum and Library. Many other examples of the town's architecture come from this period, giving Paisley a name for grand buildings.
One site of particular local historic interest is the Dooslane Stane that is on display in the town's Brodie Park. This ancient carved stone was used as a meeting point for weavers at Paisley's industrial height as well as a soapbox and is today the starting point for the town's annual parade.
Paisley is home to Scottish Premier League football club St Mirren, named after the town's patron saint, whose small yet atmospheric stadium is full to capacity throughout the football season.